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What are the important events that happened on October 26? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 26 is the 300th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 66 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 13, 2016 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,477,440,000 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectagon’ day.

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Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 94 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,405 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 26 Historical Events

  • 1861
    The Pony Express officially ceases operations.
  • 1936
    The first electric generator at Hoover Dam goes into full operation.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Battle of Leyte Gulf ends with an overwhelming American victory.
  • 2001
    The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
  • 2002
    Moscow Theatre Siege: Approximately 50 Chechen terrorists and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the terrorists during a musical performance three days before.

Who were born on October 26?

  • 1869
    Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, President of Brazil (d. 1957)
  • 1940
    Eddie Henderson, American jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player
  • 1947
    Ricardo Asch, Argentine physician
  • 1951
    Tommy Mars, American keyboard player Frank Zappa
  • 2000
    Ellery Sprayberry, American actress

Who died on October 26?

  • 1944
    William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1881)
  • 1965
    Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (b. 1949)
  • 1979
    Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea (b. 1917)
  • 1993
    Oro, Mexican professional wrestler (b. 1971)
  • 2008
    Delmar Watson, American child actor (b. 1926)

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